Chicken Pesto Rice
2 ounces of Greek olives – pits removed
1 cup of mushrooms
12 ounces of basil leaves – fresh
˝ package of chopped frozen spinach
1 cup of brown rice
3 ounces of halved grape tomatoes
2 ounces of parmesan cheese
4 cloves of garlic
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Salt to taste
2 ounces of avocado oil
2 cups of grilled or baked chicken – skin and bones removed
2 ounces of walnuts – chopped
Chicken Pesto Rice maybe a surprising dinner time choice, because many of you may be used to having pesto with pasta. But while it does taste great on pasta or chicken and fish for that matter, it’s just as good over rice, or other grains. Also rice can be a great addition to a diet or fitness routine, which includes lower abdominal workouts because it contains lots of fiber, and healthy carbs.
To make this dish you have to make the pesto first so get out a food processor or blender. Toss in the basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and avocado oil, along with salt and pepper to taste. While we used four cloves of garlic in this dish you can take some out or add some more in if you like, this is actually the case with any of the ingredients. Once everything is in the blender or food processor cover it up, and switch it on. Letting it run until everything is nicely mixed. Now its time to make the rice – get out a pot of water adding in the one cup of rice, and 12 ounces of water, along with a dash of avocado oil. Let it come to a boil, lower the flame, cover it, and let it cook until the water is boiled out and the rice is tender.
When the rice is just about done add in the chicken and pesto mixing it together really well, then toss in the mushrooms, olives and tomatoes, and mix again. Take the pot off the flame once everything is warmed up, cover it and let it sit for ten minutes or so. It’s now ready to serve with a veggie heavy salad, and/or some crusty whole grain bread drizzled with olive oil.
Chicken Pesto Rice makes a nice change from pasta for dinner. But you can also use this recipe to make a tasty pasta dish too by swapping in brown rice, corn or quinoa pasta for the rice. As is it contains 389 calories, 4 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber.